The John Warner School


The John Warner School welcomes applications for Secondary Transfer and In-Year transfer.

If you would like your child to be considered for a place at our school then please download and complete the appropriate form from the bottom of this page and return to our Admissions Officer with the necessary paperwork.

Our Admissions Officer is Jennie Rich. Jennie works term time only Mondays to Thursdays from 07:15 to 15:00 and can be contacted on 01992 462889 (ext 153) or you can email her directly.

Mrs Jennie Rich

Secondary Transfer Admissions for 2019/2020

The secondary tranfer process for the students wishing to join Year 7 in September 2019 will open in September 2018. 

Further information will be updated on our website in July.

In-Year Admissions

If you would like your child to join The John Warner School outside of the normal admissions round, please complete an In Year Application Form available from the school or by downloading from the list below. The completed application form and all relevant documentation should be returned to Mrs Jennie Rich, Admissions Officer at The John Warner School. Admissions for each year group are allocated in accordance with the relevant over subscription criteria. If there are no vacancies, children will be placed on the continuing interest list for the appropriate year group. Any vacancies are filled from the list in accordance with the relevant over subscription criteria and not according to the date the application was received.

A continuing interest list will be maintained until the end of the current academic year when all parent/carer(s) will be written to asking if they wish to remain on the list.

For information on which schools in the area have places available, you should contact the local authority, Hertfordshire County Council, please follow this link for further information, or you can telephone them on 0300 123 4043.

The school will notify the Local Authority of your application. They will then write to you with necessary log in details and passwords to enable you to lodge an appeal if desired. Appeals resulting from in-year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. For further information, please visit www.hertsdirect.org/schoolappeals 

School Appeals and Reviews

Parents are now required to lodge all school admission appeals online with the Hertfordshire County Council. 

Hertfordshire parents can access the online system via their admission account. Parents who live out of county or who applied on paper should now use the online appeals system and will need to contact Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 in order to obtain registration details to gain access. 

In Year Appeals

Appeals resulting from in-year admissions applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.


Technology Aptitude Test

The tests form part of our oversubscription criteria for secondary transfer and involve the children sitting two papers: a non-verbal reasoning paper (40 minutes) and a spatial awareness test (45 minutes), both papers look for the ability to recognise similarities, analogies and patterns in unfamiliar designs.  A sample question will be read out and then a period of time will be given for the children to complete each section of the multiple choice questions. The scores are then converted to an age-standardised score which takes into account the fact that some children are very young in the year groups. There is no pass mark for these tests, places are strictly offered in descending order of each applicant’s standardised test score.

You should advise the school before the test and on the day of the test if your child has any special requirements that you feel may disadvantage them when sitting the test.  If your child is sick on the day of the test, please telephone the school in the morning.

This is not an intelligence test. The test is looking for students that show an aptitude for technology; a good example of this would be problem-solving based around pictures, diagrams and shapes. Below are examples of the type of questions that may be asked:

  • Spotting the odd shape out
  • Working out what a shape would like like when folded
  • Identifying mirror images
  • Working out the next diagram in a sequence 

How Places Are Allocated

Each year we move through the list in ranked order with the highest score being at the top and continue allocating until all 10% of places available have been given. Please be aware that in compliance with the School Admission Code 1.32(c) the school will not at any stage give out the individual rankings but will provide you with the outcome by informing you of the overall score that your child has achieved.  

If you would like your child to apply for this test, please complete the Technology Aptitude Test Form and return by the stated deadline.

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